Widely celebrated Welsh Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly band known for fusing, as they state in one of their songs, Reggae, Heavy Metal, Punk Rock and Hip-Hop. Specifically, the reggae influence comes from Benji Webbe, who combines dancehall-style Ragga singing/rapping with Metal shouts and growls. Sometimes compared to Bad Brains and System of a Down, Skindred has been the subject of much appraisal for their unique sound and mostly lighthearted lyrics. They're even popular among Metalheads, who normally dismiss any musical fusion that has Metal and Rap, wary of any connection to Nu Metal. (Benji jokes that they're "Nu Reggae" instead).Skindred were formed in 1998, in the wake of the collapse of Benji's old band, Dub War, which had a similar reggae/metal fusion. After unsuccessful stints on major labels, during which two different versions of the band's debut, Babylon were released, they finally signed to the Florida independent label, Bieler Bros., and released three more albums, Roots Rock Riot, Shark Bites and Dog Fights, Union Black and Kill The Power.Their name derives from the word "kindred", and also refers to dreadlocks hair.Needs Wiki Magic Love.
- Benji Webbe (vocals, synthesizers)
- Mikey Demus (guitars, backing vocals)
- Daniel Pugsley (bass, programming, backing vocals)
- Arya Goggin (drums)
- Babylon (2002, with a 2004 rerelease)
- Roots Rock Riot (2007)
- Shark Bites and Dog Fights (2009)
- Union Black (2011)
- Kill The Power (2014)
- A Wild Rapper Appears: The rapper is always Benji. He does this most prominently in the verses of "Babylon", "Rat Race" and "Living A Lie"
- Alternative Metal
- Audience Participation Song: They absolutely love this, to the extent that they extend songs or even drop remixes into their set for the sake of getting the crowd going.
- Genre Roulette: The entire premise of the band, basically. Aided by Benji's ridiculous vocal diversity.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Guntalk" is a bouncy Reggae song about gang violence and gun culture and explicitly mentions the use of hard drugs.
- Man of a Thousand Voices: Benji can sing, scream, growl, rap and scat.
- His singing voice is also in a pseudo-Jamaican accent, whilst his screaming voice has a mild Welsh accent (like his speaking voice).
- Metal Scream: uses type 1 and type 2 very frequently.
- Mind Screw: Benji's lyrics can be quite hard to understand because he uses a lot of Jamaicanisms and slang words, coupled with his occasional Motor Mouth tendencies.
- Mohs Scale of Lyrical Hardness: Their more serious songs reach a 7 or 8. "Guntalk" is at least a 9.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: From a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 9.
- Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: See above.
- New Sound Album: Union Black introduced Dubstep influences to their sound.
- Reggae: "Guntalk" sounds like it could have come straight off a Bob Marley album.
- Sampling: "The Fear". It's based around samples from The Clash song "London Calling".
- Signature Style: Hard-hitting metal with hip-hop beats and reggae rapping. Benji Webbe has jokingly called it "Nu-reggae" in the past.
- Soprano and Gravel: Benji does both.
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: A few: "The Fear" and "Guntalk" are the two most obvious examples.